This past year my hunting season started August 1 and ended December 25. I traveled North America, and hate to say that I only filled one of my many tags. Oof! What did I learn? A lot. What did I spend? Even more. But the best investment I made was getting my body and mind ready to hunt.
This past June I helped organize a hunting-specific training program that ran through the end of August to help train for the long season. The results were unreal. This is the first hunting season that I have ended the season in worse shape than when I began. That dedication to training paid off.
Like I said—it’s time.
This year I am doing the same thing. The group has grown. The venue has changed. So has the trainer. And we are starting earlier. Much earlier.
We added new faces…some guys are just starting their hunting career while others are long time hunters. Some have kept in shape, while others are coming off a layoff since high school. But it doesn’t matter where they came from, because they are here now.
Tyler Simper at Double Diamond Athletic Club knows what we go through as hunters. Tyler’s dad hunted, and Tyler helped pull many animals off the mountain. He didn’t have the benefit of adrenaline and excitement to get him through the labors of hauling his old man out. He had the quads, lungs and drive to get him through. Hauling your own animal out is one thing; hauling someone else’s out is quite different. The ridges seem higher, the winds colder and the hikes longer. He knows what it takes to get an animal off a mountain. That is why I am entrusting my 2012 preparation to him.
Tyler is going to take a different approach with us. Balance, core strength and cardio are his primary focus. He is very protective as well. Form is key for him because he doesn’t want to hurt anyone right out of the gate and wants to build everyone of us into an ox that can push, pull or drag any thing up any climb.
The Exercise of the Day (EOD): TRX.
Anyone that says your own body weight cannot give you a good workout that you will feel for days to come hasn’t been through one of Tyler’s TRX camps. These are the easiest of training aids that, when used correctly, will kick your butt! The key is to have perfect form, contract the proper muscles and take it slow. These glorified tie-downs SUCK! The problem is that Tyler loves them. And I think he wants us to hate them by the time this is over.
The Badassery Challenge has begun. New faces. New place. Same goal in mind.
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